Valencia, nicknamed ‘orange city’, is situated at the Costa del Azahar. It is a city where the past is treasured and the future is embraced. With more than 300 days of sunshine, Valencia is a delightful destination.
Plaza de la Virgen is located in the historical centre of the city. The terraces invite you to a moment of relaxation. There is enough to admire here, such as the Basilica of the Virgen de Los Desamparados and the Gothic palace Palau de la Generalitat. Don’t forget to take a look at the fountain with statues in the middle of the square. The male figure represents the river Turia that flows through Valencia; the female figures symbolise the tributaries flowing into the river.
In the nineties, La Ciudad de las Letras y las Ciencias (the City of Arts and Sciences) was built, a modern futuristic complex that houses various cultural institutions. An opera house, planetarium, science building, centre for the performing arts, IMAX theatre and the largest aquarium in Europe, among others, are accommodated here. Exhibitions are organised continuously and the complex is surrounded by an attractive park.
Valencia invites to go shopping. There are large shopping boulevards, but also many small boutiques with designer clothes. Mercado Central is a tip for grocery shopping. This covered market has more than 900 stalls with bread, meat, fish and fresh fruit. Those who are in need of a refreshing drink full of vitamins do not need to look far in ‘orange city’.
Restaurants are spread across the city centre and a tapas bar is always near. Most trendy restaurants are located in the district L’Eixample. A true local rice dish is Paella Valenciana, made with rabbit, chicken and garrofón (beans). For a drink, choose Agua de Valencia, a mix of cava and orange juice. This is how Valencians enjoy life...
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